Athlete of the Week voting open till Friday

Streaks ended on playing fields in the FCIAC, and this week’s nominees for HAN Network Male and Female Athlete of the Week had a hand in those results.

As exclusive broadcasting partner of the FCIAC, the HAN Network each week will recognize an Athlete of the Week.
The HAN Network sports staff will nominate male and female candidates. The winners will then be chosen in an online poll and saluted on the FCIAC Gameday program before the HAN Network football game of the week on Friday or Saturday.

This week’s winners will be announced as Gameday leads up to the HAN Network’s coverage of Trinity Catholic vs. Ridgefield in FCIAC high school football, available live on HAN.Network Friday at 7 p.m. FCIAC Tailgate starts at 4 p.m. Friday, followed by FCIAC Gameday at 5 o’clock.

Voting closes at 2 p.m. Friday.

Last week’s winners were Greenwich High football player Kevin Iobbi and Ridgefield High volleyball player Elizabeth Middlebrook.

Nominees for week four are:

Male Athletes of the Week

Pablo Martinez, Darien Soccer

Martinez scored the only goal as Darien ended Wilton’s six-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory.

Tyrel Diaz, Stamford Football

Diaz, a junior tailback, rushed for three touchdowns as coach Jamar Green’s Stamford Black Knights won their third straight game, 32-19, over Danbury on Friday.

A 6-1, 235-pound junior, Diaz scored on runs of 34, 4, and 11 yards. All three TDs came during the second half.

After Danbury tied the game at 19-19, Diaz scored the only touchdowns of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Stamford is 3-1 heading into this week’s game against Staples.

Peter Swindell, New Canaan Football

Swindell, the Rams’ senior wide receiver and kicker, accounted for 27 points in New Canaan’s 55-12 blowout of the Westhill Vikings Monday, Oct. 5.

Swindell had three receptions for 106, and all three catches resulted in touchdowns. He scored with catches of 21, 24, and 61 yards.

Swindell was also 4-for-4 on extra points, and booted a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter.

His 27 points came in the first two quarters, as the Rams built a 49-0 lead by halftime and sat most of their starters in the second half.
New Canaan is 3-0 heading into this week’s game against Danbury.

Tim Graham Darien Football

Graham threw for a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to set the pace for coach Rob Trifone’s Blue Wave to hand visiting St. Joseph a 49-7 defeat in Darien’s Homecoming game on Oct. 10.

Graham, a senior, completed six straight passes on Darien’s opening drive that ended with a 26-yard scoring pass to Shelby Grant. He finished the game for the 3-0 Blue Wave with 321 yards passing in three quarters of action.

Jack Potenza, Fairfield Warde Football

The quarterback ran for 130 yards, including a 99-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed Warde’s 19-7 win over Wilton.

It was Warde’s first victory of the season after three straight losses.

Christian Trifone, Darien Football

Christian Trifone scored three touchdowns, all on the rush, and all finishing with crashing headlong into traffic to fall over the line. He did it in a blowout over a previously undefeated, and still well appointed, finely coached St. Joe’s at Darien on Saturday.

The TDs didn’t come easy. The win, didn’t come easy either, despite the 49-7 score. And that’s not a joke, because the Wave offense, defense, line — the whole machine — is just that serious of a threat to the well being of any team in the state’s record in 2015.

Female Athlete of the Week

Georgia Cassidy, Darien Field Hockey

Cassidy, a senior forward, had a hat trick in the Blue Wave’s 3-0 shutout of the Staples Wreckers on Friday.

The game was scoreless at halftime, but Cassidy scored on a penalty corner 6:24 into the second half to give Darien a 1-0 lead. She added a second goal on another penalty corner, and completed the hat trick on a penalty stroke with less than 10 minutes to play.

Cassidy also scored a goal in Darien’s 3-0 shutout of the Ridgefield Tigers last Monday in Ridgefield.
Darien is undefeated in the FCIAC with a record of 9-0-0-0.

Meredith Heaney, New Canaan Field Hockey

Heaney, a sophomore center-midfielder, had two goals and two assists as the Rams blanked Ludlowe 3-0 and Westhill 4-0 last week.

Heaney, who is filling in for injured starter Catherine Granito, scored New Canaan’s opening goal against Ludlowe late in the first half, and later assisted on the final tally, scored by Katharine Frieberg.

On Saturday at Westhill, Heaney had a hand in three of New Canaan’s four goals. She again scored the first goal, before assisting on goals by Olivia Hunsinger and Sarah Panella.

New Canaan is 8-2-1-0 overall and 7-2-1-0 in the FCIAC.

Marcie Maguire, Ridgefield, Swimming

Marcie Maguire, Ridgefield Swimming
Maguire Won two individual events and swam on two first-place relays as Ridgefield got rare win over perennial power Greenwich.


Kate Murray, Darien Swimming and Diving
Kate Murray set the water, and her team’s spirits, on fire, coming from behind the entire race to win the 500 free at Greenwich by one-100th of a second. Darien, behind until Murray’s win, went on to beat the Cardinals 102-83 on Oct. 5, helping the defending FCIAC and state champs remain without a loss.
“I told the girls on the bus the MVP of the meet was Kate Murray,” said Darien coach Marj Trifone. “Because in the five-free she came from behind and ended up winning the event; she went 5:16.16 and (the runner-up) 5:16.26. Murray was behind the whole race. So we did well there.”

Liisa Balazs, Stamford Volleyball

Balazs had 32 service points and eight kills in Stamford’s 3-0 sweep of St. Joseph.

Alexa Montani, Fairfield Warde Girls Soccer

A junior forward for coach Tom Cunningham’s Mustangs, Montani scored two goals and had an assist when Warde defeated Greenwich High, 3-1, on Oct. 5. Warde improved to 8-0-1. Greenwich dropped to 4-2-2.

Jillian Presser, Trumbull Girls Soccer
Presser scored the only goal when Trumbull defeated Norwalk, 1-0, on Oct. 5. Four days later, the junior’s goal off a free kick in the second half helped coach Daniel Uhrlass’ Eagles to a 1-1 draw with Wilton High.

Male Athlete of the Week

  • Jack Potenza, Fairfield Warde Football (38%, 713 Votes)
  • Pablo Martinez, Darien Soccer (32%, 600 Votes)
  • Tim Graham Darien Football (11%, 200 Votes)
  • Peter Swindell, New Canaan Football (10%, 192 Votes)
  • Tyrel Diaz, Stamford Football (5%, 102 Votes)
  • Christian Trifone, Darien Football (4%, 79 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,886

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Female Athlete of the Week

  • Jillian Presser, Trumbull, Girls Soccer (26%, 584 Votes)
  • Marcie Maguire, Ridgefield Swimming (22%, 490 Votes)
  • Alexa Montani, Fairfield Warde Girls Soccer (18%, 399 Votes)
  • Kate Murray, Darien Swimming and Diving (15%, 327 Votes)
  • Meredith Heaney, New Canaan Field Hockey (10%, 213 Votes)
  • Georgia Cassidy, Darien Field Hockey (6%, 143 Votes)
  • Liisa Balazs, Stamford Volleyball (3%, 63 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,219

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